Daily Archives: June 14, 2009

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!! Part 1

Mariano Rivera’s Race To 500 Saves!!!  Part 2

For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I don’t value the role of the closer on a baseball team in the same way that others do.  Nobody is right or wrong in the debate, I just prefer to give more value to the middle reliever who keeps his team in the game while rescuing a struggling starting pitcher.  The closer role is an important one, but for me I would take a guy that can give you 3-4 innings of work when the result of the game is still uncertain versus a guy that can come in and ‘save’ a game.

Anyway, with all of that being said, Mariano Rivera is on track to collect the 500th save of his career.  And he should be able to to this relatively quickly as his 1st place New York Yankee team has been hot for the last few weeks.  So I thought it would be fun to track his progress on a nightly basis until ‘Mo’ reaches save #500.

I like Rivera, I always have.  He appears to be a pretty classy guy and it’s nice to see that he has stuck with one team for his entire career.  With a guy like ‘Mo’, who is as highly decorated as a closer gets, you cannot reject the fact that he is a dominant pitcher.  He has been put in as many pressure situations as any player in the game over the last 15 years, and I believe he has performed above and beyond the rest.

Good Luck Mr. Rivera.  The next few weeks should be fun…

MO

So What Hat Does Randy Johnson Wear To Cooperstown???

It could be very easily argued that Randy Johnson would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer even if he did not reach the 300 win mark.  But with his latest victory, and now being in that famed club, Johnson has solidified himself as one of the greatest pitchers of this generation as well.

I thought it would be fun to debate which hat ‘The Big Unit’ should be wearing at Cooperstown if we had the ability to vote.

In his 22-season big league career Johnson has played for 6 different teams.  Below are the highlights from each of those stints.

Unit - Expos

 Montreal Expos – 1988-89 : 3-4 record, 8.2 K’s per 9 innings

Unit - Mariners

 Seattle Mariners – 1989-98 : 130-74 record, 10.6 K’s per 9 innings, 5 all-star appearances, 1 Cy Young Awards, 3 Top-3 finishes for Cy Young, pitched no-hitter.

Unit - astros

Houston Astros – 1998 : 10-1 record, 12.4 K’s per 9 innings

Unit - Diamond

 Arizona Diamondbacks – 1995-2004, 2007-09 : 118-62 record, 11.5 K’s per 9 innings, 5 all-star appearances, 4 Cy Young Awards, 1 2nd place finish for Cy Young Award, World Series MVP, World Series title, pitched perfect game.

Unit - yankees

 New York Yankees – 2005-06 : 34-19 record, 8.0 K’s per 9 innings.

Unit - giants

San Francisco Giants – 2009-present : 5-5 record, 8.9 K’s per 9 innings.

Wow, this was more lopsided than I had thought.  It looks like 5 years after ‘The Big Unit’ decides to retire that the Arizona Diamondbacks will have their first member in baseball’s Hall of Fame!!!

Did You Know…

On January 21, 1953, Joe Dimaggio was passed over by the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.  In fact, it wasn’t until 1955, his third eligible year, that he was voted in.

Joe D

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – This is just another case of the voters screwing the players.  DiMaggio is as synonymous with baseball, and specifically Yankees baseball as anyone to play the game before or after him.  The voters have made some incredible mistakes in the history of voting players into the Hall of Fame – this one may be the greatest!!  Way to go!!!